Archive for the ‘Manti Te'o’ Category

Fall Camp 8/21

August 21, 2009

Freshman Interviews: #5, #20, #32

August 21, 2009
Being Manti Teo @ Rivals Video

Wood playing the game fast @ Rivals Video

Riddick ready to contribute @ Rivals Video

Wu Am I? Tha Prolific Polynesian Prince & Cheeky Delinquent

August 10, 2009

Welcome to another edition of Wu Am I? for the 2009 season. Once again- I am trying to identify the 36 players of impact for the 2009 squad. So without any further bullshit, I open chambers 31 & 32…

Manti Te’o #5
Linebacker
6’2″ 244 lbs.
Freshman
Laie, Hawai’i
Wu Name: Tha Prolific Polynesian Prince

Everyone knows the path that Te’o took to Notre Dame. Everyone. Why? Because he was the number one defensive player coming out of high school- and perhaps the best player overall. He is certainly the highest ranked defensive player that Notre Dame has got in a long- long time. There is really no other way to say how huge this commitment was other than, “WHEEEEEEEE!!!!” Keeping Te’o away from Satan- the Poodle was equally as important.

Now on to more important things- such as playing time. Whether it happens right away or not- Te’o will become a starter this year. I’ll go ahead and say that I fully expect him to win the job in fall camp. The real question is- which job. The linebacking corps is a solid amd deep group that has players that are very flexible. Te’o will probably be either the Will or Mike backer. I think the staff really wants Brian Smith as the Will, so it’s just a question of Te’o grasping the defensive playbook mentally and beating out Toryan Smith (another member of the 36 Chambers). I am not one of those guys that think that the high ranked freshman coming in should, or can start right away- but this is a different matter all together. Manti-Mania is in full effect at Subway Domer.

Brandon Newman #99
Defensive Tackle
6′ 1″ 295 lbs.
Sophomore
Louisville, Kentucky
Wu Name: Cheeky Delinquent

Brandon Newman was one of those players that I thought ND just HAD to have. He was a high ranked defensive tackle from the south, and looked like he would fit beautifully into what was the Irish 3-4 defense. The defensive scheme has changed a little, but Newman remains a guy that ND wants as a gap filler- regardless of the front. Brandon was redshirted his freshman year and used that time to help reshape his body and learn the system.

This was a hard pick for me. I chose Brandon over guys like Tyler Stockton and Emeka Nwankwo. The Fighting Irish staff love Brandon’s strength and agility- and so do I. Newman has always surprised a few people since high school, and I imagine he will surprise a few more people this year. He will be involved in the rotation with Ian Williams who is slated as the starter. If Newman can come in and just play solid- he will have an impact. I don’t expect him to just be solid however, I expect him to make plays.

The Spotlight Is On Manti And Young Says It’s Time To Prove It

August 8, 2009
Spotlight on Manti Teo @ Rivals Video

Young: Time to prove it @ Rivals Video

I hope those are just the practice uniforms.

Manti Te’o Is Irish… Kapow!!!!

February 4, 2009

Te’o is Irish. I’ll have much more on this inside the recruiting spectacular later this week.
Until then, You can suck my balls Petey.
Welcome To Notre Dame Manti!!!

Asaph Schwapp Is History & Other Roster Hits

January 26, 2009


It’s over for Schwapp. Asaph has declined an offer to play for a fifth year at Notre Dame, and will look to try and become a blocking fullback in the NFL according to the NFL Draft Bible.

Draft Daddy had this to say about Asaph:

Of the new names, not counting the 4 big names we reported Monday should’ve been on the list, Asaph Schwapp should be the most notable to college football fans. He was the top high school player from the state of Connecticut in the class of 2004 and was hotly recruited, but did not have a great career at Notre Dame. Schwapp accumulated only 98 rushing yards and 62 receiving yards, with no touchdowns, in his four years in South Bend. That said, he may earn a free agent deal and tried as a blocking back.

This is obviously not a surprise to most, but it does leave a gaping hole at the depth the Irish have at fullback for the 2009 season. Steve Paskorz will enter the spring as the #1 fullback… the only fullback. But does it really matter?

Notre Dame has not really used the FB as an effective offensive weapon since the departure of Powers-Neil. When RPN was playing in the Weis system, he was effective as a running fullback, a receiving fullback, and as the featured back near the goaline and short yardage. He worked.

Notre Dame can actually make this position viable again by incorporating those same type of principles with the 2009 offense. But, that depends on the player available.

As mentioned earlier, Steve Paskorz is now the #1 FB on the roster. A converted Tailback from High School, Steve started as a linebacker for the Irish until an onslaught of injuries at the TE and FB positions, along with an influx of talent at the linebacker position forced a move.

Steve certainly has the athleticism to help improve the play at the fullback position. He had his senior season in high school cut in half because of a bad hamsting, but before that happened, Steve rushed for over 4000 yards in his career at Hampton High School in Allison Park, Pennsylvania. He had over 2000 yards duiring his sophomore season.

There may be other options for the Irish as well. Notre Dame was actively recruiting two prospects this year as a fullback- Tyler Gaffney and Toben Opurum. Opurum verballed to Kansas and the opportunity to be more of a featured back. Gaffney is making his verbal declaration on Monday, and it is looking like a Stanford and Irish battle. Gaffney was the player of the year in his division in California and he is exactly what we are needing in a fullback. The problem is, is that he may want to be more of a featured back and Stanford has shown what it can do with a powerful, fullback like runner with Gearhart (I really don’t care if I spelled this right… he plays for Harbaugh).

Now, listen to Yoda… “There is an…oth…er, Sky…walk…er.” There is, but his name ain’t Luke- it’s Robert. Robert Hughes to be exact. I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking that there is no way that is going to happen, and maybe you are right for the most part. While recruiting Hughes, Weis assured Robert that he would be used as a feature back and not as a fullback. Weis is many things, but he is no liar. That’s not to say that Weis won’t have a talk with Hughes about playing a little more fullback, but I’m sure the conversation will be more of a tester than a demand.

The thing is, Hughes should jump at this chance. I see the Irish offense spreading itself out more in 2009 and using its best weapons in the passing game. There will be more and more formations used that offer only a one back set, but you know Charlie will pull out the regular two back formations a lot as well. How would a switch help Hughes then? Well, it wouldn’t be a full switch. The times that ND would need or want Hughes in the same backfield as Allen, Aldridge, and Gray they would be able to put him there with the confidence that he can accomplish the goal of the play.

Really, all I’m saying is that an athletic fullback can drastically improve the offense that has a hard time getting the short yards that it needs to sustain drives. Look at U$C and their fullback Havili. That guy may be their MVP. He’s fucking ridiculous the way he catches the ball out of the backfield, blocks, and runs. That’s what wee need, and at the moment- we probably lack. That could change soon however.

Yoda thinks Hughes is the shit.

Some other quick roster news… Nyshier Oliver is probably going to decommit from the Irish and head back to his original commitment of Tennessee. This is not fact yet, but I ‘ve read enough to just face it and admit that he is probably gone. Nyshier visited Tennessee this weekend, and all signs point to him spurning the Irish. Oliver was a very nice grab for this class, but the combination of a very talented depth chart at WR at Notre Dame, and a smooth-talking Lane Kiffin, will probably end this relationship. Good luck to Oliver.

Updating the Eligibility Chart for 2009. As I was taking Schwapp off of the chart, I decided to do the same with Oliver. Again, this may be jumping the gun, but someone has to be the asshole… it might as well be me. I also put Gary Gray back on the chart as it was reported that he will be back at ND this summer. (BTW- I will have an eligibility chart for 2010 out soon as we already have one commitment for that class and we may get another this week).

The Irish have 5 spots open for 2009, and as of right now, they are in the mix for Starling, Moore, Te’o, and Gaffney. The Irish are in good shape with 3 of the 4 with Gaffney probably heading to the Farm. Te’o is down to three, and Moore decommited from USC and most likely will sign with the Irish… knock on wood.

Special Thanks to Frankie V at UHND.com Blog for posting a lot of good recruiting info that I and other bloggers have neglected this last few weeks. Good show.

WARNING!!! Do Not Get Leid

November 18, 2008

Notre Dame is hosting mega 5 star linebacker Manti Te’o from Hawaii this week for the Syracuse game. There was a movement online to have thousands of fans wear lei’s in support of Te’o in the hopes of making the Hawaiian feel at home in South Bend Indiana.

From what I gathered, everything was in place and the plan was going to work (at least the part about wearing the lei’s- not Te’o committing on the spot).

I have just ran across this letter from the University that was posted on a message board today. Pleas read:

Yours is not the first question our office has received regarding this issue. As you can see from the below e-mail communication from our assistant athletics director for compliance, Lisa Deibler to another student on-campus, you may not do anything that will publicize a prospective student-athlete’s visit to our campus. The wearing of lei’s, Hawaiian shirts, or the placement of signs welcoming a particular prospective student-athlete to a game/campus, is not permissible and could seriously jeopardize that prospective student-athlete’s opportunity to attend Notre Dame should he/she decide to do so. Bottom line, an institution may not permit any “publicity” of a prospect being on its campus. What you had planned to do would most definitely be considered publicity and could result in NCAA sanctions. As a result, you are advised to not move forward with your plans.

Thank you for contacting me. Protecting the eligibility of the prospect’s visiting our campus is of great importance and I wouldn’t want the actions of our students (or any other group) to cause problems.

Mike

Michael Karwoski

Associate Athletics Director

University of Notre Dame

Joyce Center

Notre Dame, IN 46556

Phone: (574) 631-4107

So please use caution. You don’t know this prospect? Check out this highlight reel from his junior year: